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Many states ban teacher strikes. It hasn't stopped them yet

Teachers in Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia have walked out of classrooms in search of better pay and working conditions for them and their students, but in most cases they're not legally allowed to do so because of state laws preventing public employee strikes.

Note: Data as of 2014; Data: Center for Economic and Policy Research; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

The big picture: Teachers could face punishment from the state and potentially lose their jobs over strikes, but it's unlikely they will.